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November 21, 2017, 11:25 PM

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Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg:
Uber fires CSO, says in Oct '16 personal info of 50M riders, 7M drivers, including 600K driver's license numbers, stolen; Uber paid hackers $100K to delete data  —  Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet  —  Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted
New York Times:
Sources: Kalanick and CSO Joe Sullivan ordered $100K ransom to be paid; Uber tracked the hackers, pushed them to sign NDAs, disguised the payment as bug bounty  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In November 2016, Uber executives faced an expensive — and risky — decision.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
FCC unveils its plan to repeal net neutrality rules, a move that would give ISPs broad powers to determine which websites and online services customers use  —  Federal regulators unveiled a plan Tuesday that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers can see and use.
TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple acquired Vrvana, Canadian augmented reality headset startup, for $30M  —  As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there.  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana …
Keith Collins / Quartz:
Android phones send nearby cell tower address data to Google even when location services are disabled; Google says it will end the practice by end of November  —  Many people realize that smartphones track their locations.  But what if you actively turn off location services, haven't used any apps …
Anita Balakrishnan / CNBC:
HPE says its CEO, Meg Whitman, will step down next year and remain on the board; President Antonio Neri will take over as CEO on February 1, 2018  —  - President Antonio Neri will take on the role of CEO as of Feb. 1, 2018, and both Whitman and Neri will be on the board.
ProPublica:
Ads for housing that exclude demographics are still being approved by Facebook, a year after a study highlighted the illegal discriminatory practice on Facebook  —  After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced …
Bret Kinsella / Voicebot:
Redesigned YouTube app returns to Amazon Echo Show after being pulled in September, with videos playing in what looks like a simple web wrapper  —  YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show today.  This was a mini-controversy back in September when Google removed YouTube access from Echo Show.
Yuan Yang / Financial Times:
Six students say school sent group of 3,000 to Foxconn for three months of “work experience”, routinely working 11-hour days on iPhone X, breaking overtime law  —  Apple's main supplier in Asia has been employing students illegally working overtime to assemble the iPhone X …
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
CEO of popular app HQ Trivia, Rus Yusupov, repeatedly told reporter that the app's star host, a contractor, could be fired for talking to press, then denied it  —  Every day, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world fire up their smartphones and log onto HQ, a live trivia app …
Paul Miller / The Verge:
Google starts contributing to Apple's Swift programming language, submits pull request for adding Fuchsia OS support  —  Still doesn't help explain why Fuchsia exists  —  A few days ago, there was a flash-in-the-pan controversy over Google “forking” Apple's open-source programming language Swift.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple's HomePod, which is delayed and has limited features versus Amazon's Echo, started as a side project and was cancelled and revived several times  —  The Apple speaker started as a side project, was cancelled and revived several times and can't do as many things as the Echo.
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
Bitfinex's inadequate disclosures of 2016 hack and unclear ownership links to Tether, issuer of popular coins used to buy bitcoin, raise doubts about exchange  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As the price of Bitcoin has soared, the virtual currency has edged toward the mainstream.
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